Michel Rosenfeld

University Professor of Law and Comparative Democracy

Justice Sydney L. Robins Professor of Human Rights

Director of the Program on Global Comparative Constitutional Theory



B.A. 1969, M.A. 1971, M.Phil. 1978, Ph.D. 1991, Columbia University
J.D. 1974, Northwestern University

Areas of Expertise

Comparative Constitutional Law
Constitutional Law


Michel Rosenfeld is the Justice Sydney L. Robins Professor of Human Rights and director of the Program on Global and Comparative Constitutional Theory at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Professor Rosenfeld was an associate with both Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Rosenman, Colin, Freund, Lewis & Cohen. He is the author of several books, including Affirmative Action and Justice: A Philosophical and Constitutional Inquiry (Yale Univ. Press 1991), which in 1992 was named outstanding book on the subject of human rights in the U.S. by the Gustave Meyers Center; Just Interpretations: Law Between Ethics and Politics (Univ. of California Press 1998), which was translated into French and Italian; Comparative Constitutionalism: Cases and Materials, ( 2d. Ed., West  2010) (with Baer, Dorsen, and Sajo); The Identity of the Constitutional Subject: Selfhood, Citizenship, Culture, and Community (Routledge 2010) and Law, Justice, Democracy and the Clash of Cultures: A Pluralist Account (Cambridge U. Press 2011). He is the co-editor of The Longest Night: Perspectives and Polemics on Election 2000; Hegel and Legal Theory; Habermas on Law and Democracy: Critical Exchanges; Deconstruction and the Possibility of Justice; and most recently with Andras Sajo of The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law (Oxford Univ. Press 2012) and with Susanna Mancini of Constitutional Secularism in an Age of Religious Revival (Oxford Univ. Press 2014); and editor of Constitutionalism, Identity, Difference and Legitimacy: Theoretical Perspectives. Several among Professor Rosenfeld’s works have been translated into: Chinese, French, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish and Spanish.

Professor Rosenfeld has been an affiliated member of the graduate faculty of the New School University. He is a founding member and president of the United States Association of Constitutional Law, the founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Constitutional Law (I•CON) from 2001 to 2014, and was president of the International Association of Constitutional Law (1999-2004). He was an editor of the University of California Press’ Series on Philosophy, Social Theory and the Rule of Law (1991-2002), and since 2003 an editor of the Series on Discourses of Law published by Routledge. Professor Rosenfeld  has lectured widely throughout the world, and has been a recurring visiting professor at The University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne), The University of Paris X (Nanterre), The University of Aix-en Provence in France, The University of Carlos III in Madrid, Spain, The University of Bologna, in Italy, and the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. In 2007-2008, Professor Rosenfeld was awarded an International Blaise Pascal Research Chair at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. He was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto in 2007. He held the Fresco Chair in Jurisprudence at the University of Genoa in 2007, was a Senior Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, in 2009,  the Chaim Perelman Chair in Legal Philosophy at the Free University of Brussels, Belgium, in 2011, The Fulbright –Tocqueville Distinguished Chair at the University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne) in 2013, and the Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University of London Birkbeck College of Law in 2014. Among his many honors, in 2004 he received the French government's highest and most prestigious award, the Legion of Honor.



Constitutional Secularism in an Age of Religious Revival (Oxford: Oxford University Press) (co-editor with Susanna Mancini) (due out December 2013).

The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2012) (co-editor with Andras Sajo) (Paperback, fall 2013).


Recasting Secularism as One Conception of the Good among Many in a Post-Secular Constitutional Polity in Constitutional Secularism in an Age of Religious Revival (Oxford: Oxford University Press) (Susanna Mancini and Michel Rosenfeld, eds.) (Due out December 2013).

The Dilemmas of Identity in a Jewish and Democratic State: A Comparative Constitutionalist Perspective on Bakshi and Sapir, Gans and Stopler in Gideon Sapir, Daphne Barak-Erez and Aharon Barak, eds., Israeli Constitutional Law in the Making, Ch. 34  (Oxford: Hart Publishing 2013) (co-authored with Susanna Mancini).

“Unveiling the Limits of Tolerance: Comparing the Treatment of Majority and Minority Religious Symbols in the Public Sphere” in Law, State and Religion in the New Europe: Debates and Dilemmas (Lorenzo Zucca and Camil Ungureanu, eds) (Cambridge Univ. Press 2012) pp.160-191 (co-authored with Susanna Mancini).   

Reprinted in Religion in the Public Space, vol. III (Silvio Ferrari and Rinaldo Cristofori,eds.) ( Ashgate 2013).

An Italian translation :  Sotto il Velo della Tolleranza: Un Confronto tra il Tratamento dei Simboli Religiosi di Maggioranza e di Minoranza nella Sfera Pubblica, 39 Ragion Practica 421-452 (2012).

Introduction: Gender, Sexual Orientation, and Equal Citizenship, 10 International Journal of Constitutional Law (I.CON) 340-354 (2012) (Symposium on Gender, Sexuality and Democratic Citizenship).

10 X 10 in honor of Norman Dorsen, , 10 International Journal of Constitutional Law (I.CON) 799-808 (2012).

“Introduction” in Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law (2012), pp.1-21 (co-authored with Andras Sajo).

“Comparative Constitutional Analysis in United States Adjudication and Scholarship” in Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law (2012), pp. 38-53.

“Constitutional Identity” in Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law (2012), pp. 756-776.

“Philosophy in Law? A Legal-philosophical Inquiry” in Thomas Berns and Julie Allard, eds., Pensées du droit, lois de la philosophie 63-81 ( Editions de l’université de Bruxelles 2012). A revised and expanded version will be published in Ratio Juris (2014).